Writing Exercise: Music and Character
Think of a song or piece of music you absolutely detest so much it makes you clamp your hands over your ears. Could be a Christmas song, a hymn, a nursery ditty, or a classical piece. Maybe it’s a chart-topper by some formulaic, squeaky clean, put-together boy band.
Write a paragraph or two about this song. What do you dislike about it? Is it a repetitive dirge? Does the beat feels out of sync with the words? Is it so loud it makes your ears bleed? Write freely and really dig down deep inside yourself to get to the heart of what you dislike.
Next, think of your favourite song or piece of music – something that really speaks to you. What would you choose if you could only take one song to a desert island? Same again – write freely and get to the heart of what you love about this music. Which chords does it strike within you?Continue reading